March 3, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif.— The Indiana softball team closed out its weekend at the Easton Invitational with a 7-0 loss to No. 15 Stanford in Fullerton, Calif. The Hoosiers close out its stay in Fullerton, Calif. with an 0-5 mark and drop to 10-10 on the year.
Meaghan Murphy falls to 5-6 on the year in the loss. She struck out three in 3.0 innings and allowed five earned runs on eight hits.
Lora Olson checked into the game during the fourth inning and close out the remainder of the contest. The sophomore provided a solid effort in the circle and did not give up a single run. She would strike out one and gave up just two hits.
Indiana failed to drive in a run and stranded at least one runner in each inning of play. Brianna Meyer and Kassi Farmer were the lone Hoosiers to touch Stanford’s Teagan Gerhart for hits this afternoon.
Stanford hitters connected on a solo homerun, back-to-back doubles, and consecutive singles to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
A trio of costly errors plagued the Hoosiers in the third frame, allowing two unearned runs to cross the plate and increase Indiana’s deficit to five.
Stanford pushed its sixth run across in the fourth on an RBI single back up the middle. In that same frame with two outs and runners at the corners, Shelby Gogreve corralled a ground ball up the middle and touched second to get the lead. She fired to first in an attempt to turn the double play, but the runner was called safe on a close call, which in turn allowed another run to come in to score.
Kelsey Dotson started the bottom of the fifth with a leadoff walk. She was pushed to second on a fielder’s choice and eventually found herself on third on a two-out error by the Cardinal. With runners at the corners, the Hoosiers were in prime position to post runs on the board, but a ground ball out would prevent that as the Stanford persevered its lead into the sixth.
Much like the previous inning, Indiana put its leadoff batter on base as Shannon Cawley reached on a walk, but again the Hoosiers could not manufacture a run as the next three batters were retired in order.
With Indiana down to its final three outs in the seventh, the Hoosiers put the ball in play each to Stanford infielders to end the game.
Indiana will return to the field on March 8 when they head to Nashville, Tenn. for the Tiger Classic. First pitch against Nebraska-Omaha is slated for 11 a.m. EST.